Are you one of those people who just can’t throw away a great container? I am! Coffee containers, oatmeal boxes, margerine containers, I can always find a use for them, especially in my art/sewing room. Just because they can be useful, doesn’t mean we can’t pretty them up a bit.
My favorite container is the round oatmeal box. Here are a couple that I just finished to hold art supplies and sewing scissors.
First, cut them in half with a utility knife. Now if you want yours to be perfect, just measure them whatever size you want. I don’t measure, as you can see. I just eyeball it and cut. Since these are going to be used in my art room, I’m not worried about perfection.
Then, give them a coat of Gesso, just to give them a little “tooth” for future paint and papers.
Next, I’ve torn some scrapbook papers and attached them around the container, using Mod Podge. Once dry, I’ve painted some pretty colors of pink, blue and green. You don’t need to be rea neat with this…..just covering the outside of the box at this point.
Next, I’ve done a little stenciling. Most of us have some stencils around, but if you don’t, you can easily paint some litte flowers . I’m using Gesso to cover this stencil. Just place it in a couple of places around the container. Let dry.
Once you are finished adding any painting or stencils, just add a coat or two of varnish.
Here are the two that I finished. I added aother stencil or two, using some light modeling paste instead of Gesso.
Also, here is a large coffee container that I use for holding clean water. I went a little crazy with this one, using several hand painted papers, a napkin or two, paint and modeling past. I love these large coffee containers because they have a cut out grip along the side that makes them east to carry back and forth to the sink.
This one shows you the cut out area that makes this a great container when you need something that’s portable.